The unlikely rise of George Takei

Exploring the "effortless cool" of George Takei. A new exhibition in Virgina highlights the internment experience through arts and crafts. California's Haru Matsuri celebration turns 50. Good news for the soon-to-be-built Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. The Rafu Shimpo's...

Origami, the Kanrin Maru, and a new documentary

Former Black Panther Richard Aoki, "the toughest Oriental of West Oakland," is the subject of a new documentary. The exhibition “Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids” opens at the Japanese American National Musuem tomorrow. San Francisco celebrates...

Art, art, and more art

The artwork of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, who was featured in the film The Cats of Mirikitani, is now on display in New York. Buddhists in San Francisco have a variety of places to worship. Several Asian...

A call for interviews, exhibitions, and speakings

The Center for Oral History wants to interview Hawaii-born Japanese Americans who were removed from work or school on the West Coast and incarcerated during World War II. One blogger looks back on the importance...

McDonald’s, Sushican, and Matsuzaka

A little bit of Hawaii and a little bit of Japan in San Francisco. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune asks: Should Pasadena City College award degrees to former students who were sent to internment camps...

Sin Nombre, Momotaro, and the Far East Movement

San Joaquin County's Japanese American residents are shocked to find out that they were secretly investigated during World War II . . . . . . but many universities are trying to make amends for...

A World War II-themed post

Looking back at how classic comic books portrayed interment. In 2010, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will display arts and crafts made by Japanese Americans during World War II. The Turlock assembly center gets memorialized. A look...

Food, college degrees, and a little Deerhoof

The news articles, two college degrees, two intriguing stories. The city of Roseville erects a monument to honor local Japanese Americans who fought in World War II (with audio). Linda Yee, a Sedona resident, talks about...

Revenge of the Ninja, tea in Vermont, and an internment grant

Internment sites get some help from a National Park Service grant. Celebrating with a Japanese tea ceremony in Vermont. Barrett Rainey, a semi-retired journalist, remembers the internment years - and hopes to remind everyone that we...

Football, fishing, and a rock garden

Celebrating 70 years of settlement in Eastern Oregon with a Japanese rock garden. Merced College will screen Lane Nishikawa's Only the Brave on November 7. The film, which was released in 2006, centers around the...

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